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Marco Antonio Rubio

    Marco Rubio is a Republican U.S. senator elected in 2010 to represent Florida. He defeated Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, an independent candidate, and U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, a Democratic candidate, in an unusual three-way Senate race. Rubio previously served in the Florida House of Representatives, including two years as House Speaker.

    Marco Rubio was born in Miami on May 28, 1971, his parents both Cuban exiles. He graduated from the University of Florida and the University of Miami Law School. He and his wife, Jeanette Dousdebes-Rubio, live in West Miami with their four children.

    1. Sen. Marco Rubio takes aggressive turn as face of opposition to President Obama's Cuba decision


      WASHINGTON — As President Barack Obama dropped the bombshell about Cuba on Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio was hurrying to the Capitol where a packed room of reporters awaited.

      Sen. Marco Rubio reacts to President Barack Obama's announcement about revising policies on U.S.-Cuba relations on Dec. 17, 2014, in Washington. Rubio called the president a bad negotiator and criticized what he claimed was a deal with no democratic advances for Cuba. [Getty Images]
    2. PolitiFact Florida: Rubio misses full picture in saying committee didn't interview CIA


      Sen. Marco Rubio called it "reckless and irresponsible": the public release of a Senate committee report detailing past examples of alleged torture by the CIA. Rubio argued it could endanger lives of Americans overseas, incite violence and create problems for our allies.

      Sen. Marco Rubio called the report reckless and irresponsible.
    3. Florida GOP unlikely to flout RNC rules on 2016's presidential primary

      State Roundup

      When it comes to picking the Republican nominee for president of the United States, the Florida GOP carved a special role for itself in the past two presidential campaigns: self-entitled scofflaw.

      Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is expected to decide early next year if he will run for president in 2016.
    4. The 2016 countdown for Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio: Who's in?

      State Roundup

      We concede: You're exhausted from the election, the hurricane of attack ads and door knockers. Sick of Rick Scott and Charlie Crist.

      Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, left, greets Marco Rubio onstage during a celebration at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables after Rubio won his U.S. Senate seat Nov. 3, 2010.
    5. Sen. Marco Rubio says he'll make presidential decision in weeks

      State Roundup

      WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., says he's nearing a decision on whether to run for president or for re-election in 2016.

    6. Sen. Marco Rubio: 'America cannot avoid its role as a global leader'


      WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio did not hold back criticism — of the president, Congress or a potential 2016 presidential rival — in a foreign policy speech Wednesday that called for aggressive U.S. engagement in the world's hot spots.

      Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida , a leading 2016 GOP presidential contender, gives a foreign policy speech to the Project for the Common Defense in Washington, D.C., calling for a forceful U.S engagement with ISIS.
    7. Sens. Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson expect long fight vs. Islamic State


      WASHINGTON — Florida Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio say the United States will be in for a long fight against the Islamic State group, a conflict that they warn could involve American troops on the ground.

      Marco Rubio
    8. Chinese government pays for trip by aides to Rubio, Ros-Lehtinen


      WASHINGTON — Top aides to Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, two of the most vehement anti-Communist voices in Washington, took an all expenses paid trip to China this month courtesy of the Chinese government.

      A Chinese couple walks outside the Forbidden City at Tiananmen Square on June 2, in Beijing, China. Twenty-five years ago on June 4, 1989, Chinese troops cracked-down on pro-democracy protesters leaving scores dead and injured.  [Getty Images]
    9. Immigration protesters interrupt Sen. Marco Rubio (w/video)

      State Roundup

      A year ago this month, Sen. Marco Rubio was heckled as he took the stage at a conservative gathering in Orlando.

      Protesters shout at Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as supporters try to usher them out during U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan’s “Faith and Freedom BBQ” in Anderson, S.C., on Monday.
    10. Sen. Marco Rubio addresses U.S. policies on Cuba, migration

      State Roundup

      Buried amid widespread calls that the young migrants fleeing to the southern U.S. border be returned home is a question of fairness with a strong Florida connection: If Cubans who flee their country are welcomed, why aren't those escaping gang violence and drug trafficking?